England add Andrew Strawbridge to coaching group in full time role

England head coach Steve Borthwick
England head coach Steve Borthwick

England head coach Steve Borthwick has confirmed that Andrew Strawbridge will join the coaching panel on a full-time basis.

The 59-year-old worked as a coaching consultant during the recently concluded Six Nations tournament which England went on to finish at third place in the table.

He now will join them on a permanent role as an assistant coach and coaching advisor ahead of their summer tour of Japan and New Zealand and is set to replace Kevin Sinfield, who leaves the role at the end of the July Tests.

“Andrew made a huge impression during the time he spent with us at this year’s Six Nations,” said Borthwick.

“From the moment he walked into the environment I was hugely impressed with his attention to detail, the clarity of his coaching philosophy and the different perspectives he has on the game.

“His extensive coaching experience in Super Rugby and the international arena, as well as his expertise in player development, complements our existing coaching group well.”

Strawbridge played his rugby for Waikato from 1983-1995. He won the NPC with the side in 1992 and the Ranfurly Shield in 1993. He started his coaching with Chiefs as a kicking coach until he became Assistant Coach at North Harbour in 2003. He also worked with New Zealand Under 20, North Harbour and Waikato.

Strawbridge was a consultant with the All Blacks at the World Cup in 2023.

“I am immensely proud to be involved in the England coaching group and look forward to playing a part in helping the team achieve its goals,” said Strawbridge.

“I really appreciate the opportunity Steve has afforded me to contribute.”